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The Tsarina's Daughter: A Novel (utgåvan 2022)

av Ellen Alpsten (Författare)

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"Ellen Alpsten's stunning new novel, The Tsarina's Daughter, is the dramatic story of Elizabeth, daughter of Catherine I and Peter the Great, who ruled Russia during an extraordinary life marked by love, danger, passion and scandal. Born into the House of Romanov to the all-powerful Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, a former serf, beautiful Tsarevna Elizabeth is the envy of the Russian empire. She is insulated by luxury and spoiled by her father, who dreams for her to marry King Louis XV of France and rule in Versailles. But when a woodland creature gives her a Delphic prophecy, her life is turned upside down. Her volatile father suddenly dies, her only brother has been executed and her mother takes the throne of Russia. As friends turn to foes in the dangerous atmosphere of the Court, the princess must fear for her freedom and her life. Fate deals her blow after blow, and even loving her becomes a crime that warrants cruel torture and capital punishment: Elizabeth matures from suffering victim to strong and savvy survivor. But only her true love and their burning passion finally help her become who she is. When the Imperial Crown is left to an infant Tsarevich, Elizabeth finds herself in mortal danger and must confront a terrible dilemma--seize the reins of power and harm an innocent child, or find herself following in the footsteps of her murdered brother. Hidden behind a gorgeous, wildly decadent façade, the Russian Imperial Court is a viper's den of intrigue and ambition. Only a woman possessed of boundless courage and cunning can prove herself worthy to sit on the throne of Peter the Great"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Tsarina's Daughter: A Novel
Författare:Ellen Alpsten (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2022), 487 pages
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Much like its predecessor, "Tsarina", this story is as epic as a Russian novel; fraught with incredible loss, betrayal, subterfuge, and despair. Yet it also speaks of opulence, the excesses of the rich and powerful and how one safely navigates such a world as that of a changing Russia of the 18th century. It is a riches to rags back to riches story of a plucky young girl, whose cleverness, sensuality, quick wit and tender heart guide her through the quagmire of aristocratic life with all of its precarious pitfalls and occasional shining moments. This is the story of young Elizabeth, the eventual Empress of all of the Russias.

Author Ellen Alpsten has crafted an incredible story of Herculean proportions about Elizabeth, the younger daughter of Peter the Great and his second wife, Catherine I. She cleverly provides a purely fictional yet believable account of the early years of this legendary woman. Relying on the available historical records of the Romanov court, Alpsten weaves a rich and epic story about this strong, courageous and religiously devout woman. In one stroke, she captures the beauty of the Russian landscape as well as the soul of the Russian people with her painterly writing style. In another, she captures the shear brutality of aristocratic life and its associated struggles for power.

Trigger warning: scenes from the boudoir as well as those of horrific brutality are quite graphic. This may all be closer to the truth than one would hope.

Regardless, the book was interesting, well researched, well written and most informative regarding Russia's history and this amazing woman's place within it.

I am grateful to St. Martin's Press for having provided a complimentary uncorrected digital galley of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone. ( )
  KateBaxter | Jan 28, 2023 |
Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine has an idyllic childhood. She is surrounded by luxury and family. She dreams of marrying King Louis XV of France, and ruling as Queen. When her father dies the Russian line of succession is thrown into chaos and she finds her fortunes reversed. Now she is dependent on the goodwill of those around her.

Elizabeth was an interesting and dynamic character. She truly grew over the course of the book, and it was fascinating to watch. The book was well paced and unraveled in a dramatic and intense way. I would love to read more from this author. Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jun 22, 2022 |
In Tsarina my mind was opened up to a world I did not formerly know. Immersive, tragic, and at times painful to read, I was expecting The Tsarina’s Daughter to bolster that same fire as its predecessor, but sadly it fell flat for me.

The Tsarina’s Daughter tells the tale of Elizabeth in her formative years, leading up to her becoming Tsarina herself. Though I love learning more about Russian history, I felt like Elizabeth’s story dragged on, and I didn’t feel that same hunger to stay within the pages like I did with the first installment. Honestly, I could’ve seen this story wrapped up much more quickly, and feel like this would’ve made this read more enjoyable. This is supposed to be a three-part series and I can’t help but wonder if Elizabeth’s life, including her reign, would’ve fit better in one novel. It also doesn’t help that this time period is not one of my favorite era’s to study, which could have also contributed to my lack of luster.

I really wanted to love this novel, but it felt uninspired, with rote repetition, and a subject matter that really didn’t appeal to me.

*I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from St. Martin's Press and read through NetGalley. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own. ( )
  cflores0420 | May 10, 2022 |
This was a great continuation of Tsarina. The books flowed smoothly together. Even though it is a series if you choose to read this as a standalone it would hold just as well on its own. It was an easy read for me. I have always found this time period fun to read about. The rivalry between the courts was intense. But overall it was well written and entertaining! And reading the author's note saying this was going to be a trilogy made my day! I can't wait to read the next book! ( )
  jacashjoh | Apr 19, 2022 |
I remember learning about and being fascinated with Elizabeth of Russia, the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I, long ago and I'm glad someone realized she was the perfect heroine of a historical novel. This book traces her rise to the throne of Russia, through long dangerous years as others ruled Russia and favored or cast aside Elizabeth in turns. Russia went through a number of rulers after Peter the Great's death (I had a trouble keeping all the Romanov family connections straight) and this book provides Elizabeth's perspective of each. Overall, it makes for fascinating reading and I look forward to whatever this author writes next. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Apr 9, 2022 |
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"Ellen Alpsten's stunning new novel, The Tsarina's Daughter, is the dramatic story of Elizabeth, daughter of Catherine I and Peter the Great, who ruled Russia during an extraordinary life marked by love, danger, passion and scandal. Born into the House of Romanov to the all-powerful Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, a former serf, beautiful Tsarevna Elizabeth is the envy of the Russian empire. She is insulated by luxury and spoiled by her father, who dreams for her to marry King Louis XV of France and rule in Versailles. But when a woodland creature gives her a Delphic prophecy, her life is turned upside down. Her volatile father suddenly dies, her only brother has been executed and her mother takes the throne of Russia. As friends turn to foes in the dangerous atmosphere of the Court, the princess must fear for her freedom and her life. Fate deals her blow after blow, and even loving her becomes a crime that warrants cruel torture and capital punishment: Elizabeth matures from suffering victim to strong and savvy survivor. But only her true love and their burning passion finally help her become who she is. When the Imperial Crown is left to an infant Tsarevich, Elizabeth finds herself in mortal danger and must confront a terrible dilemma--seize the reins of power and harm an innocent child, or find herself following in the footsteps of her murdered brother. Hidden behind a gorgeous, wildly decadent façade, the Russian Imperial Court is a viper's den of intrigue and ambition. Only a woman possessed of boundless courage and cunning can prove herself worthy to sit on the throne of Peter the Great"--

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